Blinken Urges Israel to Be Humane – Earth Is Experiencing Record Warmth…

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Blinken warns Israel. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has called on Israel to moderate its military presence in the Gaza Strip, after talks in Tel Aviv that the inhumanity suffered by Israel in the killing of Hamas cannot be a “license” to dehumanize others. On the other hand, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his government's tough line. More on this in the Live Ticker for Middle East War.

Wind power has room for improvement. The government wants to scrap the rule requiring wind turbines to be illuminated at night. Analyzes why the industry remains dissatisfied with federal and state policies despite record numbers Julia Wenzel. More on this

Opera stars Karanka and Peksala open the Opera Ball. Opera stars Elina Karanka and Piotr Besala opened the 66th Vienna Opera Ball on Thursday. This year the head of state will be represented by Federal President Alexander van der Bellen, who will attend the event along with Montenegrin President Jakov Miladovic and Federal Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP), Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas. More on: Opera Ball in Numbers

Pakistan is voting under the thumb of the military. Today's parliamentary election in Pakistan is marked by a power struggle between former Prime Minister Imran Khan and the military – another former prime minister making a surprising comeback. Reports on why violence in elections in the second largest Muslim nation are sadly part of folklore Thomas Vrage. More on this

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Hottest January on record. Global temperatures in January 2024 were the highest ever recorded during this month. Copernicus, the European Union's climate change agency, announced this. At an average of 13.14 degrees Celsius, the air temperature at Earth's surface was 0.7 degrees above the average temperature from 1991 to 2020 and 0.12 degrees above the highest temperature recorded in January so far in 2020.

Fear of genetic scissors. The EU Parliament has voted to loosen genetic engineering rules in plant breeding. Most Austrian parliamentarians rejected the plan. “This is not a good sign. It shows that Austrian politicians continue to favor an anti-scientific trend,” he writes Thomas Kramer Bright this morning.

100 years ago today: Two high-ranking Britons praise Austria's economic growth, and the “New Free Presse” is jubilant. More on this.

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